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White Sox: First Cuts

Among the expected trims, Kade McClure impressed in his first Cactus League start/big league camp

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Kade McClure of the Chicago White Sox walks to the dugout during the first inning of a spring training game against the Kansas City Royals at Surprise Stadium on March 3, 2021.
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No surprises among the first cuts of White Sox camp on Tuesday, as much of the list consisted of early spring games fodder:

Danny Dopico, RHRP (two games, 2 IP, H, 2 ER, HR, 2 BB, 9.00 ERA, 1.50 WHIP)
Jacob Lindgren, LHRP (two games, 1 13 IP, H, 4 BB, 2 K, 0.00 ERA, 3.75 WHIP)
Kade McClure, RHSP (three games/one start, 3 IP, 2 H, R, 2 BB, 3 K, 0.00 ERA, 1.33 WHIP)
Carlos Perez, C
Bennett Sousa, LHRP (0-1, two games, 2 IP, 6 H, 5 ER, 2 HR, BB, 3 K, 22.50 ERA, 3.50 WHIP)
Matt Tomshaw, LHSP (two games, 2 IP, 2 H, 2 ER, 2 BB, 9.00 ERA, 2.00 WHIP)
Emilio Vargas, RHSP

Perez was the emergency catcher for early spring play, a necessary component especially given any back-field games, but didn’t see a single second of official spring action. Vargas likewise did not see any spring action.

The stats above make it clear that McClure was the only player to make much of an impact in the first week of action, acquitting himself well and getting his first career Cactus League start under his belt. His maturity continues to rise, as does his fastball velocity, earning him a spot in the alternate Schaumburg site and, eventually, the Charlotte rotation.

It’s safe to say that the remainder of these non-roster invitees will likewise find a home in Schaumburg for the month of April before (hopefully) beginning the Triple-A season with the Knights in May.

The White Sox spring roster now stands at 54: 28 pitchers, 13 infielders, eight outfielders and five catchers.